The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors

The Salon com Reader s Guide to Contemporary Authors Since it began in Salon has been showered with awards and praise Now its devoted readers can devour The Salon Reader s Guide to Contemporary Authors an all original A to Z guide to

  • Title: The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors
  • Author: Laura Miller Adam Begley
  • ISBN: 9780140280883
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since it began in 1995, Salon has been showered with awards and praise Now, its 150,000 devoted readers can devour The Salon Reader s Guide to Contemporary Authors an all original, A to Z guide to 225 of the most fascinating writers of our time, penned by an international cast of talented young critics and reviewers Here are profiles, reviews, and bibliographiSince it began in 1995, Salon has been showered with awards and praise Now, its 150,000 devoted readers can devour The Salon Reader s Guide to Contemporary Authors an all original, A to Z guide to 225 of the most fascinating writers of our time, penned by an international cast of talented young critics and reviewers Here are profiles, reviews, and bibliographies of the authors that matter most now from Margaret Atwood to Tobias Wolff, Paul Auster to Alice Walker Also included are essays and recommended reading lists by some of the authors themselves, such as Dorothy Allison on the books that shaped her, A S Byatt on her five favorite historical novels, Rick Moody on postmodern fiction, Robert Stone on the greatest war novels, and Ian McEwan on the best fiction about work.Peppered throughout with marvelously witty illustrations, The Salon Reader s Guide to Contemporary Authors will be a must have for anyone who is looking for cocktail party conversation starters, a good read, or advice on what to read next.

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    • Paul Bryant says:

      Re-rated to three stars - I read this one pre- and we don't need this now, because, come on, you know it, I know it, the time is right, the world is waiting for THE GUIDE TO EVERY SINGLE BOOK EVERwe could do a whole seriesTHE GUIDE TO MAKING FUN OF TWILIGHTTHE GUIDE TO INSULTING THE CLASSICSTHE BEST OF CELEBRITY DEATH MATCHESTHE GUIDE TO INFINITE JESTTHE BEST OF AUTHOR/READER CAR-CRASHES100 GREATEST SLANGING MATCHESthat's just the start

    • Mike says:

      Still essential, fifteen years after publication. Maybe the only book I've read to the point where the binding split in half in my hands. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of lazy and mediocre writing in here, and a number of extraordinary writers are neglected. But when it comes to great commentary and recommendations for future reading, this book is a goddamn diamond-studded treasure trove: Michael Silverblatt on John Hawkes, Brian Bouldrey on Kathy Acker, Christopher Sorrentino on William Gad [...]

    • Jim says:

      Wonderful Volume. I Picked up so many reccomendations from it, and I don't have any recolections of it steering me wrong. Made me aware of so many authors (steve erickson (Arc'D X comes to mind) I hadn't heard of but learned to love. This really needs to be updated. (hint hint Salon) I could also see other volumes like a guide to Fantasy, or Mystery.

    • Mac says:

      This is the kind of book I can flip through for hours, learning pointless facts about authors I've never really heard of. I like it even more because it gives you the "best" book by a specific author so you don't have to guess where to start.

    • Borden says:

      If it weren't for the mean article about Joan Didion in this collection of essays, I never would have discovered my favorite author. All of the complaints the author had about Didion were virtues in my eyes. Thanks Salon!

    • Chester says:

      I discovered many new authors through this guide. Opinionated, funny and informative. I wish there would have been updated editions.

    • Lara says:

      A great resource for exposing yourself to new (or atleast new-to-you) authors.

    • Zach says:

      Read this book so many times at the Borders by my house. I'd read DFW's list of books to read every time. Such a good pre-massive internet book.

    • Heidi says:

      This is a great precis of all the contemporary writers on the scene. I was pleased to note that I knew most of them, and that those I hadn't read (such as Updike) I hadn't read because I deliberately chose not to. It's amazing -- and a little daunting -- how much talent there is out there. I added books to my to-read list and noted how in the few years since this was published, existing authors had written top books -- Atonement, Empire Falls, for instance -- and other writers had surged into be [...]

    • Pewterbreath says:

      About 10 years ago I picked up this book with the express intent of knowing who was who in contemporary literature. This book really did its job very well, pointing out who was known, who was respected, who was not respected but popular, and the best works of each writer. Now, of course any choice in this book is open to debate, and I'm certain they left a huge amount of writers out, but I'm really glad I had this book. It still pull it out now and then even though it's out of date. A pity that [...]

    • Roxanne Russell says:

      I got this book free with my subscription to Salon. I was really gung-ho about it helping me sift through all the reading material out there, and at first, like the sheep I am, I was planning to read the ones marked with asterisks and in bold letters like any good list checker-offer would. But when I saw what was chosen of the authors I'm familiar with, I realized I would have to be a little more discerning. I didn't agree with several of the reviewer's assessments.

    • Cindy says:

      I'm trying to expand my horizons, book-wise. I love a fluffy mystery but occasionally I like something a little deeper. This book is about 10 years old, so the newest authors are not included, but it covers 20th century American and Brit authors pretty well. It's a good book if you want to find out what an author is about before trying to read one of their books.

    • John says:

      What a terrific guide to contemporary authors. I found an eclectic mix of my favorite authors in this guide and was introduced to many more. The reviews and opinions are certain to spark debates, but that's half the fun. Without a doubt, if you're looking for new books to read, you'll end up with a long reading list after browsing this guide.

    • Leah W says:

      You can laugh if you like, but back when I didn't know what contemporary fiction to read, this book helped me find some good stuff. I still have my copy, though I haven't looked at it since I began making money and accumulating maddening quantities of books. Still, it's there for when I need it, books I want to read conveniently highlighted/flagged.

    • James says:

      Incredibly helpful and less dated than you'd think. Many capsule reviews written by authors who are themselves now at the summit (Franzen, Foster Wallace, Eugenides, Lethem). Especially precious to me for Laura Miller's demolition of Alice Walker, which I quote to people all the time.

    • Brentabousko says:

      I found some cool authors from this.

    • robert says:

      Addictive. Of course the first book i read as a result of this book -- Sula -- turned out to be far worse than advertised, but this book is like crack for listmakers.

    • Notdorothy says:

      The Salon Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors by Laura Miller (2000)

    • Anna says:

      I'm not sure where I picked up this used copy.

    • Tracy says:

      is this on your local remainer table? well pick it up! these are very good blurbs, concise and effective about contemporary writers along w/recommendations.

    • KW says:

      Thoughtful and well-organized. My personal "to-read" list has tripled.

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